Midwest Biodiversity Institute

Mick Micacchion

Mick Micacchion

Wetland Ecologist


  • 14 years of experience as Instructor on wetland assessment and biocriteria training protocols and certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists.

  • 34 years of natural resources conservation experience service on national, regional, and state working groups focused on wetland monitoring and assessment, biological criteria, environmental indicators, and wetland water quality standards.
Edward T. Rankin

Edward T. Rankin

Stream Ecologist


  • Lead trainer in the Ohio Credible Data Program for Level 2 and 3 Qualified Data Collectors for habitat evaluation.

  • 28 years of experience includes service on national and state working groups dealing with monitoring and assessment, Clean Water Act reporting, National Academy of Sciences, and EPA Science Advisory Board.
Chris O. Yoder

Chris O. Yoder

Research Director


  • Lead instructor in the Ohio Credible Data Program for Level 2 and 3 Qualified Data Collectors for biological assessment and criteria, fish community assessment, and habitat evaluation.

  • 38 years of experience with national, regional, and state working groups and committees dealing with monitoring and assessment, biological criteria, environmental indicators, temperature criteria, and water quality standards (WQS).
Martin J. Knapp

Martin J. Knapp

Macroinvertebrate Ecologist


  • Developed the Wetland Invertebrate Community Index (WICI).

  • Participated in Ohio EPA biological assessment and criteria training programs.

  • 32 years of experience includes service on national and state working groups dealing with monitoring and assessment.
Vickie Gordon

Vickie Gordon

Fish Ecologist


  • Level 3 Qualified Data Collector - Chemical Water Quality Assessment.

  • 13 years of biological and conservation experience, including Fish, Water Quality and Habitat assessments throughout the Midwest.
Roger F. Thoma

Roger F. Thoma

Aquatic Ecologist


  • Led in the development of the Ohio EPA Lake Erie biological and habitat criteria and their implementation.

  • Led in the development of the Ohio EPA Headwater Habitat Biological Criteria.

  • 43 years of aquatic ecology and fisheries biology experience including service on international, national, regional, and state working groups focused on monitoring and assessment, biological criteria, environmental indicators, and Great Lakes water quality and biological criteria and standards.
John Baird

John Baird

Wetland Ecologist-Botanist


  • 4 years experience as a wetland delineation instructor. 

  • 25 years experience delineating and monitoring wetlands.

  • 15 years experience as a wetland mitigation specialist with emphasis on monitoring mitigation construction.

  • 20 years experience as a botany Instructor.
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